United Way NSV To Host A One-Stop Resource Fair

United Way of Northern Shenandoah Valley’s Project Connect is a one-stop event where families can access multiple services and the resources they need, all under one roof. Over 50 providers and more than 60 services will be available including free medical screenings, job assistance, veterans' services, housing information, DMV services, free haircuts, food, and much more. The third annual Project Connect will be held on two dates: June 3,2022 at the Woodstock Moose Lodge (152 Moose Rd, Woodstock, VA) from 8:00am-2:00pm, and on June 10, 2022 at Virginia Avenue Charlotte DeHart Elementary School (550 Virginia Ave, Winchester, VA) from 8:00am-2:00pm.

United Way served 500 people at the event last year, most of whom are part of the ALICE® population. The two events are estimated to serve 750-1,000 people in 2022. Project Connect is made possible through generous underwriting sponsorships from Continental Corporation and Trex Company. Supporting sponsorships were made by Home Depot, George's INC, Valley Health, and Navy Federal. Additional support was given by Virginia Housing, Dupont Community Credit Union, United Bank, City National Bank and Molina Healthcare. The event would not be possible without the support of these companies.

“The event brings the complex network of local providers and nonprofit programs all to one place, and under one roof for a day. Through Project Connect, we are able to help people in comprehensive ways, fast-tracking the move from personal crisis to stability.” said Kaycee Childress, President and CEO of United Way NSV.

Project Connect events are held in more than 300 communities across the nation. They are recognized as an effective, organized effort to coordinate services to best assist people who are dealing with poverty and homelessness. At last year’s event, 500+ individuals received help from 60 area providers. Highlights included offering 79 dental screenings, 87 free haircuts from volunteer stylists, distributing 150 clothing bags, and distributing 125 food boxes. 85% of attendees in 2021 said they would likely not have been able to obtain the services without Project Connect.

What makes the event unique is the personalization and service clients will receive when they attend. Volunteer “Guides” will be matched one-on-one with participants to assist them in accessing the services they needed the most.

Walk-ins are welcome, but registration is required in advance of the event to guarantee access to some services. Appointments must be scheduled to receive services from the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) for the Winchester and Woodstock Event. Appointments are also strongly recommended for veterinary care for pets in the Winchester event. More information about registration and on the programs and vendors is available on United Way NSV website: https://www.unitedwaynsv.org/projectconnect

Volunteers are still being recruited for Project Connect. Volunteer barbers and hair stylists are highly needed for both events. Additional shifts for set-up, clean-up and for event staff are still available. See shift times and needs by visiting https://volunteer.unitedwaynsv.org/ and clicking on the Project Connect tab.

About United Way of Northern Shenandoah Valley: Since 1946 the United Way of Northern Shenandoah Valley has worked to impact the community human care needs that matter most to the people of Page, Clarke, Frederick, Shenandoah Counties and the City of Winchester. United Way of Northern Shenandoah Valley convenes the people and organizations necessary to create solutions to our region’s most pressing challenges and collaborates with effective partners. United Way of Northern Shenandoah Valley seeks to serve as the catalyst for community change by supporting over 42 partner agencies in the area on Income, Health and Education. For more information, visit our website www.unitedwaynsv.org. Follow us on Twitter @UWNSV.

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